Deepest Sympathy

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of our former esteemed colleague, Mrs Margaret  Kelly. Fondly known to us all, as Peggy, she was for many years dinner/playground supervisor at St Mary’s. We would like on behalf of the Board of Governors, Staff and Pupils, Past and Present, to extend our heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam

Junior Savers’ Week

Please see below a letter from Caroline O’Brien, Manager of the Slieve Gullion Credit Union.


Dear Parent/ Guardian,

Slieve Gullion Credit Union Limited is encouraging children in this area to open an account & start saving with their local credit union! The credit union launches its “Junior Savers Week “from the September 20th – 26th to raise awareness on the importance of saving for the future.

During this week, credit unions will be running a number of initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of children saving.

Studies show that giving kids hands-on, real-world experience with money is essential to prepare them financially for adulthood.

In a focus group of Irish parents conducted by the Irish League of Credit Unions and insights company, Parents and Brands, many parents confirmed that physical experiences, like putting coins in piggy banks or a savings account, or shopping with a list, was the best way to teach children about money.

As part of the week, those who open a new account during Junior savers week get an additional £5 lodged to their account.

Opening up a credit union account for children is a simple process and we will be welcoming all new junior saver members throughout the week to enjoy the fun and activity. For children, saving money in a credit union is a real benefit and also teaches them the value of credit unions which are run by the community, for the community. Our junior savers are the future and we will always be there for them in the future, for whatever financial assistance they might need, be it college, a new car, a holiday or their wedding day.

Please contact the office if you are interested in opening an account, we will be delighted to talk you through the process involved in opening an account for your child.

Yours sincerely,

Caroline O’Brien, (Manager)

Slieve Gullion Credit Union Limited


Online Opening School Liturgy

Online  Opening School Liturgy

Tuesday 14th September, 2021

11.15 – 12.00 noon

Bishop Michael Router

Will preside over an online opening School Liturgy from the Cathedral in Armagh

Students, Teachers, Parents, Guardians, Grandparents and other family members are encouraged to participate following the link below, as we pray for all the children who have returned to school for another academic year

Violin Lessons

Violin lessons resume tomorrow Tuesday, 14th of September for those P6 and P7  pupils who were involved last year. 

Please have your child bring their instrument and music folder into school. Lessons will take place in the Assembly Hall, starting at 9:15 am.

Best wishes to Clare our strings’ tutor and all the children taking part, we look forward to the sweet sound of violins filling our corridors on a Tuesday morning again!

P Mulkerns

Deepest Sympathy

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of our former esteemed colleague, Mrs Helen O’ Hare. We have many fond memories of Helen’s time with us, working with pupils within the classroom and supporting them to access all aspects of school life. We would like on behalf of the Board of Governors, Staff and Pupils, Past and Present, to extend our heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends.

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Deepest Sympathy


We were saddened today to hear of the death of Mrs Eileen Keenan, known to many of our Past Pupils as “Mrs Kennan, the dancing teacher”. For very many years Mrs Keenan traveled weekly from Newry to Mullaghbawn on the lunch-time bus, tape recorder in hand, ready to teach the “1,2, 3’s” in our Assembly Hall.

We have many fond memories of her time with us and we would like on behalf of the Board of Governors, Staff and Pupils, Past and Present, to extend our heartfelt sympathy to her family, friends and the wider Dancing Community.

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Deepest Sympathy

It is with great sadness we share the news of the passing of Andrew Nesbitt, Grandfather of Mrs Lisa Mc Keown, highly esteemed member of St Mary’s, Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors, Staff and Pupils of St. Mary’s Primary School wish to extend their heartfelt sympathy to Lisa and the wider Nesbitt family at this sad time.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam

Art Online Summer Camp

🌞🌈👩‍🎨Summer Art Camps online ❤️
👩‍🎨26th July – 30th July
👼🏻2nd – 6th August 
Spread the word and share this camp as it’s going to be 🤩 fun and so 😎 awesome.  Take part from anywhere in the world!!
If you are looking for fun, creative  and educational activities to keep your kids entertained over the holidays then Art camp is the place to be.
Art materials needed for camp consist of paint and crayons/oil pastels with some different coloured paper!! That’s it!!
One price per family.
Great for kids who love art, or for those who may need some help with building confidence and self belief.
Art also helps their mental well-being by assisting with relaxation and focusing the mind.
Book today and have fun being creative this summer.
 I also have Summer arts and crafts boxes which will entertain kids for over 6 hours over the summer holidays with accompanying video tutorials and materials.
I have created fun and engaging summer arts and crafts boxes for kids to use over the school summer holidays.
If you are a parent who wants to engage and educate your children over the summer months with 5 different art projects then this is the perfect 👍 gift.
Perhaps you feel you can’t
👩‍🎨help your kids develop their artistic skills and love of art
🙏or your fed up with them on their devices all the time and want for them to be creative more
👩‍👦or you want an hour to yourself so that you can chill out
Whatever the reason these arts and crafts boxes will help them
👩‍🎨be creative
😊have fun
😎feel confident


With 5 projects to create there’s hours of creative fun to be had.
Click on the link below to purchase hours of creative fun for your kids.
You will then be emailed the accompanying video tutorials and your arts and crafts box with art materials necessary for the crafts.
The bundle includes all templates, paper and various materials for the 5 high quality and engaging themed art lessons.
Lesson 1: Create your Summer Ice Pop themed bunting to hang in your bedroom or home. Watch the tutorial as it takes you through how to create your own Ice Pop bunting. Use the paints and paint brush, string and templates to create the bunting.
Lesson 2: Draw and paint a palm tree, beached themes landscape following the accompanying tutorial using your own art materials.
Lesson 3: Lean how to draw and paint two different ice pops using paint and crayons/oil pastels.
Lesson 4: Create your own summer themed postcard and send it to a friend to let them know you are thinking of them. Use your literacy skills to share your summer 2021 experiences.
Lesson 5: Watch the time lapse for inspiration on how you can add colour and patterns to your camper van and surf boards. Then you can create your own beach scene using whatever art materials you prefer to use.

Summer Camp – Week 3

It is hard to believe that today is the last of our 3 week summer camp. We have had so much fun and learnt a lot!
A special thanks this week to Michaela from Sentinus who helped us make our own space rockets which we launched; to Aoife Garvey who presented us all with Certificates of Achievement for our drumming progress; to Vanessa from the AmmA Centre who taught us about animation and we made our own movies; to Kathleen from An Tobar who helped us brighten our school and homes with beautiful flowers and to Sinead who gave us another wonderful art class today! The pictures are fantastic.

Thank you to all the parents for their support over the past three weeks and we hope that the children have enjoyed the last 3 weeks! We also hope that everyone enjoys their summer and stays safe!!

Miss McArdle, Miss Hughes, Miss Murphy, Miss Hearty and Miss Murphy.